Monday, December 26, 2016

Witnessing a Special Witness - December 11, 2016

Hello Everyone, Well this email is going to be really short because we had the amazing experience this week to be able to go down to Juchitan yesterday to see Elder Neil L. Andersen and Elder Paul B. Piper speak to us as missionaries. It was an experience that I will never forget and one that will change these last months of my mission. Elder Andersen spoke to us about who our divine identity and how we can become our full potential here through repenting and trying to receive the approval of the Savior. Elder Piper gave us an interesting training, he taught us about how we can get the help of the members through them using their social media. He told us that we need to start being 21st century missionaries teaching the eternal truths of the gospel. It was cool to see a leader training us to use the most basic tools to teach and share the gospel. So here is the invitation that we are supposed to leave with all the members, we are supposed to pray with them to know who needs a message of the gospel, and then we are supposed to go through each contact that they have in their contacts of Facebook, Instagram, or twitter. When they feel like they need to share the gospel with someone we send them a message online or send them a Mormon message or scripture to help them, following what the spirit says. So this is my invitation to you all too, I know that we are currently in the Light the World campaign for the church but we can share our light with specific people, and I know that if we pray and search there will be someone that can benefit from a message that will touch their hearts. This week in our area, we have been able to make some big progress with a girl named Pamari, she is 19 years old and has been going to church in a different ward with some friends. Anyways she has been scared to come here because she doesnt want to be alone, we taught her the eternal truths of the temple and helped her to feel a desire to go inside and that is when her desires changed and she asked to be baptized this Saturday! We are excited to see her start her progression to one day go in the temple and participate in all the eternal ordinances of the gospel. We have been really busy with changes, tomorrow we are getting 12 new missionaries, Wednesday 8 are leaving. We have been in the offices quite a bit getting everything coordinated and set up and on top of that with the trip down to Juchitan (that is 5 hours from here) it has been busy. But one more thing that Elder Andersen told us to do, is to always testify of Christ, testify of his promises to us, what he did for us, what is possible for us through him, and the eternal plan of happiness that leads through him. I am so grateful for this time of year that we have to think and ponder about all that Christ has done for us. He is the light, the life, and the truth. I am so thankful to be able to teach and testify to a culture who knows what Jesus is, but they dont know who Jesus Christ is, who he is personally to each and every one of them. I am grateful for this knowledge and this love that always comes through him, and I am grateful for the opportunity I had to have a Special Witness of him testify of these truths to me. Something that was mentioned in that meeting is that if we do this, our influence will span across generations, and our name that we represent will be blessed for those same generations to come. I am thankful for this opportunity, I know that He lives.
This is Carlos, he is 17 and preparing for his mission and asks to come with us every day to teach with us.
The Nativity in front of the Oaxaca temple

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